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Acer Aspire 5750 review: Acer Aspire 5750

The Aspire 5750 is a modest computer, but for AU$599, we can find very little to complain about. If you're on a tight budget and have basic expectations, it'll serve you well.

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Craig Simms
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Craig Simms

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Craig was sucked into the endless vortex of tech at an early age, only to be spat back out babbling things like "phase-locked-loop crystal oscillators!". Mostly this receives a pat on the head from the listener, followed closely by a question about what laptop they should buy.

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There are people who only need the most basic of basic laptops, and the Acer Aspire 5750 is that.

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Acer Aspire 5750

The Good

Decent construction given the price. Admirable battery life.

The Bad

Small delay when using touch pad. 2GB of RAM could be a little limiting.

The Bottom Line

The Aspire 5750 is a modest computer, but for AU$599, we can find very little to complain about. If you're on a tight budget and have basic expectations, it'll serve you well.

Containing a less-than-average 2GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics and a Core i3 2350M, it employs Acer's "floating keyboard" tech, with island-based keys that are raised significantly above the surface. In practice, we feel that it slows down our typing, but it feels fine after an initial period of adjustment.

The touch pad is slick, although it doesn't seem as responsive as it should, even with sensitivity set to its highest. It's almost as if there's a small delay there, causing a brief disconnect with your brain. It uses an Elan pad, meaning that you can assign a simultaneous double finger tap to load the right-click menu.

Despite its budget leanings, Acer has still managed to get in a USB 3.0 port, along with two USB 2.0 ports, VGA and HDMI, headphone and microphone jacks, an SD card reader and a DVD drive. Wireless is of the 2.4GHz variety, but Bluetooth is missing.

Application performance

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Being the only Core i3 in the round up, the Acer falls to the bottom of the pack in performance; it's not as dramatic as one might think, though.

Battery life

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That lack of power translates into some excellent battery life for the budget laptop. Do note what good engineering and a higher budget can do; the much more powerful HP almost keeps pace on battery, but will cost another AU$400.

Conclusion

The Aspire 5750 is a modest computer, but for AU$599, we can find very little to complain about. If you're on a tight budget and have basic expectations, it'll serve you well.